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's martin fletcher is live in tel aviv for the latest situation there. good morning to you, martin. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the leaders here, israeli and palestinian certainly need all the help they can get to come down from the high trees in which they find themselves. the israelis were attacked this morning, 30 palestinian rockets landed near one town south. one person was injured. no serious damage was done. at the same time israel is continuing to pound palestinian targets in gaza. they filled four people today including two children. the question is what is next. there are intention negotiations going on particularly in the arab world to put in action a truce to stop israel's ground invasion of gaza which is very much on the cards. we've got the obvious poison the border, reserves are being called up. the help they need is to get down from that position they find themselves in because it's pretty clear that israel doesn't want to attack. it's pretty clear that hamas don't want them to attack. both sides essentially have reached their war goals already. israel killed a
of this is playing out in israel and gaza, nbc's veteran middle east correspondent martin fletcher is in tel aviv tonight. and our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel is in gaza city, let's begin with you, richard. >> reporter: good evening, kate, israeli drones are still in the sky here, but for the first time no air strikes. and hamas is considering this a major victory, which it earned in blood. moments after the truce announcement, they came with flags, and drums and lots of guns, cheering death to israel, with a few deaths to americans mixed in. after a war hamas believes was its return to the world stage. people are coming out of their homes to join this spontaneous celebration. gaza has paid a heavy price, but here, they are convinced that hamas forced israel to accept the cease-fire. >> reporter: that price, more than 160 dead, health officials say, including 42 children. over 1200 injured, and dozens of buildings destroyed, many of them just hours before the cease-fire. >> this was israel's biggest target by far, the massive government complex, where hamas distributed all social s
. thousands of people in gaza poured into the streets to celebrate the cease-fire. nbc's martin fletcher joins us live from tel aviv, israel, with those details. martin, good morning. >> reporter: hi, veronica, good morning. the cease-fire went into effect 9:00 in the evening last night. that's 17 hours ago. and so far, so good. there were two early this morning sirens in the south of israel, warning sirens of rockets. turned out, they were just false alarms, though, so it is holding for the time being. and also, the israeli army has just given orders about an hour or two ago for the first of the army reserve soldiers that it called up for a possible ground invasion of gaza. 30,000 reserve soldiers were called up. the first of those have been given orders now that they can return to their homes and to their jobs, and at the same time, they're keeping others on duty because there's still a great amount of skepticism about whether the cease-fire will hold. they hope that it will, of course, but some skepticism, so much so, for instance, that the schools of the area, all schools have been closed
attacks on its civilians. >> well, nbc's martin fletcher is live for us in tel aviv. martin, what's the latest? >> reporter: lynn, good morning. following up on netanyahu's threat. last night 16,000 israeli reserve soldiers were called up for the army. the okay was given to 30,000. they've already called up half of that number. many of those will be moving south where the army has already matched on the border. they're moving down tanks, armored personnel carriers and trooms. by the way, among those reserve soldiers called up it also included officers and soldiers who are experienced whose specialty is dealing with enemy civilian populations. again, yet another hint, if you like, that an israeli ground invasion is very much in the cards has not yet been ordered but still is very much on the cards. there was, as you mentioned, a cease fire briefly in gaza this morning because the egyptian prime minister and officials have been visiting gaza on the one hand as a show of support for the palestinians. it's also believed that they're maybe trying to encourage hamas to encourage a cease
rocket and missile attacks on its civilians. >> nbc's martin fletcher is live for us in tel aviv. martin, what's the latest? >> reporter: lynn, good morning. following up on netanyahu's threat. last night 16,000 israeli reserve soldiers were called up. they've called up half of that number of 30,000. they're moving south of where the army is moving south of the border. they're moving down tanks, armored personnel carriers. among those reserve soldiers called up also included officers and soldiers who are experienced specialty is dealing with enemy civilian population. yet another hint that an israeli ground invasion is very much on the curb. it's not been ordered. there was a cease fire briefly in gaza this morning because the egyptian prime minister have been visiting gaza on the one hand as a show of support for the palestinians. they're also trying to encourage hamas to have a cease fire. already this morning there's been 85 rocket attacks by israel against palestinian targets in 45 minutes. that was a heck of a 45 minutes targeting mostly underground rocket launching sites. israel ha
-fire. martin fletcher fletcher joins us from tel aviv, israel with the details. martin, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. it's all quiet. a couple of sirens went off but no rockets have been fired. so far the cease fire is holding about 14 hours after it went into effect at 9:00 local time last night. there were great celebrations in gaza last night, as you mentioned, celebrations by the palestinians, what they perceive as their victory over israel. in israel, no such scenes at all. there was no celebrations at all. here, there's a sense there's nothing much to celebrate. the question, as you mentioned, will the cease-fire hold. even defense minister said he does expect the agreement to be honored. on past experience, it could be a short term cease-fire, waiting to see. we have heard the israeli army is beginning a drawdown of its army reserve troops at the border they're be waiting to see if the cease-fire does last. the schools have resumed operations in the south. all schools win 25 miles of the border last week have been closed and still haven't been opened again, w
the top commander of hamas in a tough attack. instantly released on video. our report from martin fletcher in tel aviv >> reporter: here in benghazi, is the military commander of hamas, he was, is, top of israel's hit list for years. accused of being responsible for the deaths of hundreds of israelis. he was killed on the spot. israeli leaders say it is the start of a new offensive, including assassinations against the militant leaders. war planes attacked gaza at least 20 times, killing two more of the drivers on bikes, and two killed here, several injured, including children israel says it had no choice after palestinians in gaza fired at least 100 rockets at israel in the last five days. >> no country would sit by idly and see its civilian population targeted this way. neither will israel. >> reporter: in gaza, they were determined to fire rockets at tel aviv, they say that israel has opened the gates of hell. palestinians have fired rockets at least 13 rockets in israeli towns, no serious damage. israelis warn they could expand the operation, including a ground invasion. and there coul
fire from the gaza strip. nbc's martin fletcher has the latest now from tel aviv. >> reporter: palestinians in gaza are on the edge of a confrontation which neither side really wants, but that seems to be what's happening. israeli rocket attacks against gaza targeting the militant leaders of hamas are continuing tod today. they also are continue to attack rocket stockpiles from gaza. israel's goal, of course, is to stop, to prevent hamas from attacking israeli citizens with its rockets. there have been about 850 attacks this year, 100 in the last week alone, so that's what israel wants stop. at the same time, hamas has been retaliating today. at least 130 rockets fired from gaza into israeli cities. about 50 of those rockets were intercepted by israel's homemade antimissile defense system, the iron dome, but one did get through. it hit the israeli town and killed three israeli citizens, and now israel is using that, of course, to threaten more attacks. the southern commander of the israeli army said that the assassination yesterday of ahmed jabbaarie, which kicked all this off
it covered in israel and gaza, beginning with nbc's martin fletcher in tel aviv >> reporter: good evening, it does look like israel and hamas are edging closer to war in gaza, a war that neither side wants, but it does appear closer with every hour that passes. terror in israel. there is another one, a soldier screams. more than 200 missiles fired at israel today. and in gaza, despair. burying a child killed in an israeli attack. israel today launched at least 200 attacks against palestinian targets, most of them against stock piles of long-range rockets, trying to eliminate that threat against the israeli citizens. and israel's army is massive along the border, with 30,000 on alert for a possible ground invasion, clear warnings. >> i hope that hamas and the other terror organizations in gaza got the message. if not, israel is prepared to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people. >> reporter: but hamas appears undeterred. they say they shot down this israeli drone and attacked tel aviv. where citizens had a 90-second warning. reported almost disbelievingly on the israeli tv,
on civilians. nbc's martin fletcher is in tel aviv where air raid sirens were heard this morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. following up on netanyahu's threat. overnight 30,000 reserves were given potential order to report for duty overnight 16,000 soldiers were told, reserve soldiers, were told to report to their units. they will be joining army units that massed on the border of gaza. armored personnel carriers, hundreds of thousands of troops ready for ground invasion. as you suggested in introduction, a show of force or the real thing? it's partly a show of force but could end in a ground invasion because israelis keep insisting whatever it takes they'll stop the rockets from being fired into gaza. while the egyptian president was visiting, they would hold their fire. the palestinians didn't do the same so israel resumed their rockets. there was an intense exchange. 85 rockets were fired into gaza in a period of only 45 minutes. targeting those stockpiles of weapons and long range rockets in particular. >> martin fletcher in tel aviv. thanks. >> "the new york times" reports that th
is in gaza, we want to begin, though, with martin fletcher in tel aviv. >> reporter: good evening, they met on the agenda escalating in gaza and a possible ground invasion. the militants are challenging israel, by firing rockets where they never fired them before. a complete surprise, jerusalem, israel's capital, was attacked for the first time today. this picture on the internet, two rockets fired from gaza fell harmlessly outside the city. tel aviv, too, for the second time in two days in two days, the second time the rocket fell in the sea. hamas showing its back has not been broken. there is no rest for the south, either, even while burying the dead from yesterday's raid that killed three people. mourners went into panic, at yet another siren warning for yet another rocket attack from gaza. there is a sharp spike in violence, 100 in the week before this outbreak, and 500 the last three days. the goal of israel's air and sea assault on gaza is to stop the rockets. it is not working. so what is next? we are prepared to escalate in a big way, says israel's prime minister. when the israeli
that happens gaza remains under attack. richard engel, nbc news, gaza. >>> this is martin fletcher in southern israel where everyone is desperate to know, ground invasion of gaza or truce? officials say it is 50/50, leaving three and a half million israelis at the mercy of palestinian rockets, defended by israel's new hero, the iron dome, an anti-missile defense system made in israel, helped by america. of 900 rockets fired at israel in six days, only about 30 hit populated areas. >> we enjoy the iron dome which is a huge success. and luckily -- >> reporter: there is a siren now? >> right. >> reporter: there is a siren now. just to see what happens -- >> it will only fire. >> reporter: the system calculates which rockets will hit an inhabited area and knocks it out like here, and ignores all others. but it fails, too, missing about two out of ten, officials say two out of ten, officials say, making life scary. children in bomb shelters for the sixth straight day. i'm afraid of the sirens, seven-year-old romi says. >> there is another siren and just as we left, not sure how many rockets are bei
dome. it is proving to be highly effective as a weapons defense system. martin fletcher reports on that from southern israel. >> reporter: ground invasion of gaza or truce? officials say it's 50/50. leaving 3.5 million israelis at the mercy of palestinian rockets. defended by israel's new hero, the iron dome, an antimissile missile system made in israel helped with american money. of 900 rockets fired at israel in six days, only about 30 hit populated areas. >> we enjoy the iron dome, which is a huge success. and luckily -- >> reporter: there's a siren now. let's see what happens. it will only fire. the system calculates which rockets will hit an inhabited areas, like here, but it misses 2 out of 10, making life scary. children in bomb shelters for the sixth straight day. i'm afraid of the sirens, this 7-year-old says. another siren -- just as we left, not sure how many rockets have been fired right now, but the iron dome -- one, two, three, four iron dome rockets are exploding. we'll see what damage it did. five rockets fired from gaza, four intercepted, one got through and fel
to find out. we get our report from our veteran middle eastern correspondent martin fletcher in ramallah. >> reporter: a grim day in ramallah, yasser arafat was reburied today after scientists took samples from his remains, seeking an answer to the mystery that began with his death eight years ago. was he murdered? palestinians may soon have an answer. labs in russia, france and switzerland will conduct separate tests of bone samples taken today. muslim clerics gave permission to open his grave. it was a delicate process kept out of sight. >> it was important for the palestinians to emphasize that no foreign hands touched the remains of yasser arafat, only the palestinians touched him. a matter of honor. the last time arafat was seen in public he flew to a paris hospital age 75 and sick. three weeks later he was dead. why? his wife refused an autopsy. rumors flew, aids murdered, poisoned, that's what many palestinians believed. >> all the circumstantial evidence, all the political evidence indicate only one direction, which is mr. sharon. >> reporter: israel denies it. there was no real
the gaza strip. nbc's martin fletcher is live with us in tel aviv. good morning to you. >> reporter: they were standing on their balcony watching and waiting to see where the bombs would fall against all the odds had they been inside the building they probably wouldn't have been killed. the israelis are telling all of their people in the south of israel, do what you're told. stay inside. stay inside the bomb shelters. there are many rocket attacks still coming from gaza into israel. israel is continuing to attack hamas targets inside gaza. at least 11 palestinians have been killed. there was a funeral this morning for the hamas leader who was killed yesterday. hamas leaders did not attend the funeral because they're afraid of being assassinated by israel. israel's aims are to target the hamas leaders as they killed the millitent leader of hamas and at the same time and in particular to take out hamas's rocket capability. that's almost as significant as the killing yesterday. they had great success in knocking out the long rage rockets that hamas has that threatened the central citie
night as it was for the past two nights. tamron. >> live for you in gaza. let's bring in martin fletcher from tel aviv. i've been watching your reports all day long. you've noted in most of your reports the situation in jerusalem and how this may be the game changer. >> that's right, tamron. for the first time evernham mass fired a rocket as jerusalem, which nobody expected. jerusalem has a large arab population. the rockets fell harmlessly outside jerusalem between jerusalem and bethlehem, actually, in an area where the jewish settlements were. if they had fallen and killed israelis in israel's capital, the soul of the -- the jewish soul of the nation, that would have been a game changer. also the attacks on tel aviv earlier yesterday, the first one ever and the second one today. the rocket today that was fired aat tel aviv landed a couple of hundred yards away off the shore in the sea but right next to a crowd of beach. it had fallen a few hundred yards to the right. it would have been a tragedy, and that would have been the spot that could provoke israel's invasion of gaza, which ever
civilians. >> nbc's martin fletcher is live for us in tel aviv with the very latest. martin, what's the latest? >> reporter: lynn, good morning. following up on netanyahu's threat, last night they are stressing they will do anything it takes to stop the palestinians from firing rockets into israel. overnight or last night rather 30,000 reserves were given a potential order to report for duty. overnight 16,000 soldiers were told, reserve soldiers were told to report to their units. they're going to join army units amassed on the border of gaza. tank transporters and personnel carriers, thousands of troops going towards the border with gaza ready for a ground invasion. as you suggested in your introduction, lynn, is it a show of force or is it the real thing? we don't know at this point. it's definitely partly a show of force but it could also equally well end in a ground invasion because israelis keep insisting whatever it takes they'll do in order to stop the rockets being fired from gaza. now, there was a temporary cease-fire in place this morning. israel agreed that while the eg
into the streets to celebrate the cease-fire. nbc's martin fletcher joins us live with the details. martin, good morning to you. >> hi, veronica. you said it right in your headlines, the question about the cease-fire, will it hold, that is indeed the question. it went into force at 9:00 in the evening last night. 15 hours later, so far so good. there's been no violations of it. there were a couple sirens in israel and they were false alarms. there were great celebrations in gaza, celebrations by the palestinians what they perceive as their victory over israel. in israel, no such scenes at all. there was no celebrations at all. here, there's a sense there's nothing much to celebrate. even the defense minister said he expects it to be honored but could be a short term cease-fire. the israeli army is beginning a drawdown of its israel armed troops at the borders being slowly sent home over the next few days and waiting to see if the cease-fire does last. the schools have not yet resumed operation within the south. all schools within 25 kilometers of the gaza border last week have been closed and ma
, three people killed in rocket fire from the gaza strip. martin fletcher is live with the latest on this. martin, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. israel's army warned of dangerous days ahead. difficult days ahead. and they're already difficult enough. today israel is continuing its attacks on gaza, still targeting hamas militant leaders and in particular over the last 12, 16 hours attacking stockpiles of long range rockets that hamas has been building up in gaza. that's what israel says this is tack is all about. stopping hamas from the ability to attack israel with the rockets. they say they destroyed many of the long range rockets which can target cities as far north as tel aviv. there is one report from gaza that the palestinians had fired a rocket at tel aviv but there is no confirmation of that. there was no news of it landing. one missile did get to the anti-rocket defense system and killed three israelis who apparently did not obey instructions to seek shelter but were looking at the action from their balcony. the army is telling everybody in israel, do what you're
in a show of support for hamas. nbc's martin fletcher has been following the latest and he joins us live from tel aviv. martin. >> reporter: good morning, brian. well, did hamas get the message that the israeli prime minister was talking about? apparently not. they fired rockets towards tel aviv always mentioned. a game changer for israel if those rockets had actually landed and done damage in tel aviv. they didn't. two landed short and exploded harmlessly in feels and one landed harmlessly in the sea but more important for the symbolism than the effect. israel's main goal apart from eliminating the militant islamic leadership of hamas has been to destroy their rocket capability aiming most of rare raids, more than 450 in the last couple of days, at destroying the long-range rocket capability of hamas so the fact that they were able to launch three rockets which failed just short of tel aviv. well, that says something that israel needs to as netanyahu said expand its operations if it wants to destroy that capability. so ground war is the option. but the sirens in tel aviv were frightenin
for hamas. nbc's martin fletcher has been following the latest and he joins us live from tel aviv. martin. >> reporter: good morning, brian. well, did hamas get the message that the israeli prime minister was talking about? apparently not. they fired rockets towards tel aviv always mentioned. a game changer for israel if those rockets had actually landed and done damage in tel aviv. they didn't. two landed short and exploded harmlessly in feels and one landed harmlessly in the sea but more important for the symbolism than the effect. israel's main goal apart from eliminating the militant islamic leadership of hamas has been to destroy their rocket capability aiming most of rare raids, more than 450 in the last couple of days, at destroying the long-range rocket capability of hamas so the fact that they were able to launch three rockets which failed just short of tel aviv. well, that says something that israel needs to as netanyahu said expand its operations if it wants to destroy that capability. so ground war is the option. but the sirens in tel aviv were frightening. of course, not the
are clear today as israel displayed a new show of force. martin fletcher has our report from tel aviv. >> reporter: this was the new reality this weekend. israeli soldiers on one side of the gaza fence, palestinian police yards away on the other sharing the same goal to protect the cease-fire. islamic cleric in gaza went a step further declaring it a sin to violate the truce. israeli school kids in the south went back to school today, some damaged by palestinian rockets. their parents hoping the calm means no more war. >> i told my daughter this was the last time and the calm will remain for years. i sure hope so. >> reporter: london sunday times reported today that israelis spotted an iranian cargo ship loading long range rockets for islamic militant groups in gaza. it quoted a source saying if the ship is headed for gaza regardless of the cease-fire israel will destroy the arms. despite its promise to observe the cease-fire hamas is defiant. >> they won the war. >> reporter: what about beginning the real peace proc s process. >> with hamas forget about it. anything with israel is f
broad support which is more of a symbolic gesture. martin fletcher is in the region and has filed this report. >> reporter: it's a big day in ramada on the west bank. the palestinian leaders have called for palestinian being accepted as a non-member state of the united nations. the israelis and the americans are strongly opposed to it because they say this is an end run, running around the negotiation process -- the peace process with israel. >> the only way to make life better for both israelis and palestinians is solve the issues that separate us. it's through direct peace talks. and we're ready. i frankly don't understand the palestinians, how they expect to make peace if they refuse to talk to us. >> reporter: the palestinians say it's now or never. >> we are moving ahead, as well, the u.s. and a handful of countries will find themselves on the wrong side of morality, on the wrong side of justice and on the wrong side of the law. >> reporter: one thing this does do is show the palestinian people that there is another way forward besides violence. and this victory, if it comes
. others, defiant. >> we will survive. we will survive. >> that was nbc's martin fletcher reporting from southern israel. >>> federal officials say they've broken up a terror plot in southern california where four men were planning to join al qaeda. the suspects are accused of plotting to bomb targets overseas and here at home. one man traveled to afghanistan to establish contacts with terrorists. if convicted, the defendants will face up to 50 years in prison. >>> to the ongoing probe of attacks on u.s. embassy in benghazi. top officials tell nbc news they knew from the beginning that terrorism was involved but the white house is denying claims there was an attempt to hide the information to help president obama's re-election campaign. u.n. ambassador susan rice has come under fire for saying the attack was a reaction to anti-islamic video. officials say they intentionally kept ambassador rice's talking points vague to avoid compromising future legal proceedings. while they knew terrorism was involved they didn't know if the attacks were planned in advance and they didn't have the suspe
mohyeldin, thank you for that. >>> special correspondent martin fletcher, martin, with a good day to you, to the israeli forces and what they're saying about the charges that they broke the ceasefire. what's from them? >> reporter: well, the israelis, as mark regev said, they are investigating. in these situations there's a shooting, somebody gets killed and then each side is very quick to put their spin on the story and ayman told you what the palestinians are saying. all i can add to what ayman said is reuters, the reuters news agency, the palestinian reporter for reuters said he spoke to a palestinian relative of the dead man at the scene at the time. and he said the dead man approached the fence, tried to put a hamas flag on the fence, was warned. the israeli fired warning shots into the air three times and then shot the man in the head. so i think it's pretty claer that we need to wait and see what really happened. the palestinian relative of the dead man who says he was at the scene at the time seems a convincing witness. we'll have to wait and see whether or not this is considered
, will it last. we have reporters throughout the region for you. martin fletcher is in tel aviv, and jim is in cairo. but we begin in gaza. this truce was marked by a huge celebration there in gaza today. tell us about it. >> that's true. in fact, tens of thousands of palestinians showed up in gaza city. and actually in cities all across the gaza strip to hear from various leaders of all of the palestinian factions. the biggest one was by far and large in gaza city. some leaders we haven't heard in the past eight days, many in hiding, came out today to address the thousands of people who gathered. they're portraying this and describing this as a victory. they say for the first time hamas has not only defeated israel, but has also shown the world what they're about against a back drop of changes taking place all across the arab world. they also sent a message to the united states saying that they should, the united states should support the palestinian people and not the occupation. hamas was going to remain defiant in the face of israel's aggression on its people. alex? >> okay. thank yo
turmoil over president morsi's presidential decrees, what many are calling a power grab. martin fletcher is in tel aviv. let's start with you, amon in cairo. i know it's a little calmer today. it was suggested by dennis ross earlier, who has seen a lot of thesis negotiations in the past, morsi probably overreached and has to find a face-saving way out. do you see any signs of that? >> absolutely. after he fired the country's top generals, a few months ago, he's set his sights on the judiciary because him and his supporters say that it was the judiciary, the senior judges of this country, who were appointed by president mumubarak, the former dictator, that are blocking the transition to democracy. they upheld the law that essentially dissolved parliament. they are also blocking other measures that president morsi wants to drive forward on his agenda. so what he and his supporters are saying is that they needed to have this judicial immunity, this decree that he issued on thursday that allows him to make laws without the supervision or the review of the justice department essentially so he
to go back and forth between israel and gaza. martin fletcher is live for us in tel aviv. and martin has been covering this for us. bring us up to speed on what's happening. your reporting has been extensive firsthand. >> reporter: hi, thomas. there's been a continued firing in both directions. 30 rockets fired in one israeli town today. one person was injured. otherwise little damage. the real is it's pretty clear that a ceasefire has been agreed and it will be announced in gaza, cairo and jerusalem probably within the next few hours, not necessarily at the same time in each place but it's clear that that's what's happening. secretary of state hillary clinton coming to jerusalem tonight and a whole slew of arab leaders are coming to gaza. the fight iing will be over witn a few hours and hopefully will last a long time. what we're told is there is an agreement for the fighting to end from both sides, and then the details of the agreement are still to be worked out. the key point, though, it looks like the fighting is over. no israeli ground invasion of gaza. >> martin, as you say, the de
: this is martin fletcher in tel aviv. more than a hundred strikes from gaza today. half of israel's 3.5 million people are now within range of hamas long range rockets. tel aviv, israel's largest city was attacked for the fourth straight day. saved by the anti- missile defense system which shot down p rockets. less than three miles from the city center, debris fell right on this car. israel says it's intense air attacks on gaza are meant to gel hamas in gaza and not civilians. >> they're using their homes and their mosques to hide their arms. >> reporter: but the rockets keep coming, leading israel's prime minister to this warning today. the military, benjamin netanyahu, is prepared for significant operations. to maintain secrecy, cell phones have been taken from the soldiers, they're on full alert waiting only for the order to go. and hamas warned, we will be waiting at the entrance for you, we will shred you to pieces. so the question now is what comes first, a ground invasion of gaza with maybe many dead on both sides or a truce. to stop the war in escalating, muslim leaders as well as ameri
agreement. nbc's marin martin fletcher has more. >> reporter: with the countdown on the way, the question is what would count first? a ground invasion or a truce? it appears if peace won out for the time being. all indications are it will be within a few hours. the announcement of a truce and end of fighting with israel and hamas and gaza. it could be announced in jerusalem and gaza. there is a slew of arab leaders that will be at the announcement when it takes place. at the same time, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is going to be there. benjamin netanyahu will be there for the announcement. israel will stop rocketing on gaza. the details of the agreement are yet to be negotiated. all will be released later on. it is not clear. in the race between war and ground invasion or peace truce, peace has won out. >>> for men are in fbi custody today. the fbi says the group allegedly plotted a violence jihad to kill americans here and abroad. they were allegedly planning to join al qaeda and the taliban in afghanistan. the four suspects were arrested last friday. >>> kevin clash, the long
, it was a huge victory. in ramallah, nbc's martin fletcher. >> reporter: this is a great personal triumph, but what the people here most want is real change on the ground, and that won't happen without direct face to face negotiations with israel. >> reporter: israel, having just gone through eight days of conflict with gaza, strongly objected, arguing that palestinians must first recognize their right to exist. before gaining new rights at the u.n. >> the world awaits for president abbas to speak the truth about peace, that can only be achieved through negotiations, by recognizing israel as a jewish state >> reporter: palestinians hope today's vote will strengthen their hands in future peace talks. but the u.s. argued that it could set them back. >> today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path to peace. >> reporter: still, peace talks have gone nowhere for years, critics say partly because washington has not pushed both sides hard enough. >> the peace process yielded by the united states has helped nothing for the palestinians. at the end of t
on to the streets to celebrate. joining us from tel aviv is m martin fletcher. martin, what is it like there did today following the cease fire and what hopes are there? >> well, those scenes you just saw in gaza, the celebration, you did at any time see that here in israel. there's a sense here there is nothing much to celebrate. the cease fire took effect 9:00 last night, israel time. so at least so far so good. it's all quiet. but the israelis have not yet sent for instance their children back to school, they said let's wait and see whether the cease fire real holds, whether there really will be no more rockets from gaza. at the same time, the israeli army which called up about 30,000 reserves, they're still on duty at the border. but they'll probably withdraw those reserves soon. the issue really although they reached a cease-fire, israel won't be launching a ground invasion of gaza. palestinians will stop firing rockets at israel. the question is how do you enforce the cease fire and how long will it last. there is great skepticism among the israelis and that's one reason why they're not ce
the coastal strip. in response more than 100 rockets have been fired. martin fletcher will join us with the latest. oil prices off by about nine cents. crude oil at this point 86.23. steve, a lot of ground to cover and you have more of our other headlines, as well. thanks for being here. >> good to be here. china's ruling communist party unveiling its new leadership team today. vice president xi jinping taking over from hu jintao. he'll head a team of seven members in the new politburo standing committee compared to nine. they'll have to tackle everything from social unrest to issues with domestic and global economics. back here in the u.s., reports from walmart and target. at 8:30, we get weekly jobless claims. october consumer price index. and the november empire state survey. in corporate news, bp expected to pay a record u.s. criminal penalty and plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the 2010 deepwater horizon disaster, a plea deal reached with the department of justice reportedly may be announced as soon as today. reuters says bp will plead guilty in exchange for a waiver of
fletcher, correspondent for nbc news. hi, martin, what you can tell us, what's the latest? >> reporter: you mentioned that the u.n. called for an end to the violence. that didn't happen. the violence is continuing in a big way this morning. the area really is on a knife edge. israel's continuing its attacks in the gaza strip, but also very significantly for israel, targeting also the stockpiles of long range rockets that hamas has which threaten the central citizen in israel, in particular the bigger city tel aviv. so israel taking out those rocket piles from the air, also attacking from the sea. israel's army is poised at the border of gaza, reserves are being called up for a possible ground inflation of gaza, which i think nobody actually wants, but certainly a real possibility. at the same time, palestinian rocket attacks from gaza into israel are also continuing about 150 this morning, most of the israelis have been intercepted by the dome system homemade rocket defense system. nevertheless one rocket did get through, killed three israelis. the first casualties of this operation. so far
last night is martin fletcher. the fact that the rocket has the range capacity seems to be raising eyebrows. >> reporter: it handed pretty close. one landed in the sea and two more landed in other areas in open fields. didn't do any damage. but the symbolism is great because one of israel's key goals have been to destroy the long range capability of has mass. so the fact that after hundreds of israeli raids and strikes against those rocket centers hamas was able to launch rockets at tel aviv which nearly hit, that's a main success for hamas. >> you can talk about the visit by the prime minister and there was continued violence during the period? >> reporter: the egyptians coordinated the meeting with israel and hamas and they agreed on a cease-fire. israel said that she would stop firing rockets during the prime minister's visit, but there was a condition that the palestinians should not fire rockets at israel and in fact the cease fire was broken first by the palestinians who did fire rockets in to israel so israel resumed their attacks on on gaza. and it was very heavy period. th
bring in nbc's martin fletcher in tel aviv. martin, senior u.s. officials told nbc news to expect more from israel later today. can you add to that information? >> reporter: well, yeah, the israelis are making it as clear as they possibly can they will do anything it takes to stop the palestinian attacks on israel and to make the southern cities of israel secure. the defense minister said today and he emphasized this, and we will do anything, and i repeat anything to keep those cities secure. the israelis are emphasizing repeatedly from different sources they'll do whatever it takes. when the americans warn that israel will do more this evening, they're echoing what the israeli spokesman said earlier. this is a very difficult night ahead. >> and martin, i'm sure you heard our colleague talk about the level of tension and how the expectation of what is next is consuming those that he's witnessed in gaza. what are seeing there? is there a worry this will escalate beyond the point that we are now, which is frightening in itself? >> reporter: it certainly is frightening in itself. the big
to israel and tel aviv. special correspondent martin fletcher is joining us. martin, with a good friday to you. let's talk about what israeli forces have done having announced they've made several arrests in wednesday's bus bombing there in tel aviv. what's the latest you're hearing on that? >> reporter: yeah, alex, there was a great deal of concern when the bomb went off ruining 11 people. the fear was that this could have been the beginning of a new round of terrorist attacks but that doesn't seem to be the case. the israelis announcing the arrest of one person, an israeli arab, from the town of taiba. they say he put the bomb on the bus and then got off the bus and then, being part of a unit, he call his commander and said the bomb is on the bus. this is all information israelis released after init ter gating him. he then called his commander and said the bomb is on the bus. the commander using his cell phone dialed a number and the bomb went off. that may be one reason why so few were hurt, it was done by remote control so you couldn't have known how many people were on the bus at t
. >> and for the latest on our developing story, let's go now to tel aviv, where nbc's martin fletcher is following the latest developments. martin? >> palestinians are still firing rockets from gaza into israel, and israel is continuing to pound palestinian targets in gaza. this has been an intensive day, which began with 200 separate israeli air strikes against gaza, killing up to at least 12 palestinians in gaza. they flattened the prime minister's office. they destroyed the police headquarters, attacking what they called hamas symbols of power. but now all eyes are on israel's army. and the question is will israel's army launch a ground invasion of gaza. the army is poised. they're ready. they're on the border. tanks are there. armored personnel carriers are building up. the has given the okay to call up 57,000 reserve soldiers to join the regular army. but this evening because of the pressure, because of the buildup and the fear of a possible ground invasion, there is a great intensity now leading to talks among arab states with hamas trying to persuade them to agree with israel for a truce. a
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